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The best things to do in Raleigh this weekend, Sept. 10-13

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Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of September 3rd - September 7th. You've worked hard this week-go have a little fun.



Shake Your Hips to the Jams at Hopscotch

The time for Hopscotch Music Festival is upon us again! Featuring 3 days of national and regional acts spanning every genre you can think of, this festival has a lil' something for every listener. Hopscotch Music Festival is setting up shop in Raleigh for its 5th edition September 10-12, and it's bringing new tricks this year. Featuring more than 140 bands over 3 days in downtown Raleigh, Hopscotch was recently called "America's (Secretly) Best Festival." C'mon Raleighites, you can't miss the secretly best festival when it's hosted in your own backyard!

Over the three days, shows will be -from a large outdoor main stage in Raleigh City Plaza to intimate clubs (13 walkable venues total) and cover almost every genre imaginable-rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental and everything between. In addition to nationally known names like TV on the Radio, Tycho and Godspeed You!Black Emperor, Hopscotch is bringing you the best in-state performers, as 40% of the line-up hails from NC. Check out their website for the full schedule. (Photo via @hopscotchfest)



The Saturday Market at Rebus Works

Stroll on over to the Saturday Market at Rebus Works to shop farm fresh produce, food truck delights and local crafts. The Saturday Market at Rebus Works occurs every Saturday morning behind the shop. This mini farmer's market features rotating local farmers, brewers, artisans, dog biscuit bakers and food trucks, as well as a few steady staples such as the LoMo Market. (Photo via @jaxelise)



Create a Better World at the 9/11 Day of Service

Join hundreds of other Raleighites in honoring the memory of those lost on September 11. Choose a volunteer opportunity and then join the evening commemoration at Red Hat Amphitheater. Lots of folks remember where they were and what they were doing on September 11, 2001. The tragedies of that day live on in our memories. But now we have a chance to honor those lost by doing something positive for others. Join fellow Triangle-ites in volunteering during this year's 9/11 Day of Service. Sign up to volunteer at any time of the day and opportunities abound-from Habitat builds to social media ambassadors you can find something to suit your talents.

Wrap up the experience at 6 p.m. with live music, speakers and food alongside hundreds of other do-gooders at the 9/11 Day of Service Evening Commemoration in Red Hat Amphitheater. There's no cost to participate, but if you bring some non-perishable food donations to ""fill the truck"" for the Urban Ministries of Wake County's food pantry, you'll get extra do-gooder points. Activities include: writing letters to troops, packaging literacy kits, making blankets for the homeless and more. Please RSVP from this link so the organizers know how many to expect! (Photo via @bgoodraleigh_nc)



Watch Ornate Puppetry In the Museum Park

These aren't your old-fashioned sock puppets! Paperhand Puppet Intervention is performing an intricate puppet and shadow performance to original live tunes in the gorgeous NC Museum of Art Park.

Each year when summer draws near, the NCMA amphitheater plays host to a summer-long music festival that features some of the world's finest singer-songwriters and outstanding musical ensembles from around the world. Throughout the series, thousands will grab a seat on the beautiful stone or in the surrounding woods, soak in the setting sun, and enjoy the sounds wafting from the nation's largest museum venue. From June until September, you'll find a variety of well curated acts, and occasionally, NCMA will show a movie afterwards that complements the show.

Tickets are normally less than $30 and can be found online through the Museum Box Office at (919) 715-5923, or in person during regular hours. Doors open 90 minutes before the show starts, get there early to secure a good seat! (Photo via @samtadams)



Pair Craft Beer & Music at Beericana

With over 50 breweries, hours of live music, and a ton of incredible people, Beericana is festival that you can't miss. Kickoff your fall with a couple of friends, brews, and some great memories! Music and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly-you're bound to find one where you find the other. Beericana expertly blends are two favorite things into a tasty, alcohol-based music mash-up. It's an experience so magical, it's hard to find the words to describe it!

This craft beer and music festival is filled to the brim with over 50 participating breweries that include many that you probably already love and a ton more that you've yet to try. You'll be up to your eyes in great music, too. All those tasty brews have been paired with equally fun jams from Empire Strikes Brass, Uncle Lucius and Dark Water Rising.

We'll be drinkin' and dancin' right there with you-rain or shine! Snag a ticket ($45 general, $75 VIP, or $15 for the good souls who volunteer as designated drivers) here.

Location: Sugg Farm Park, Holly Springs. (Photo via @cardiaccanekp)



Savor Raleighite Food Culture at Second Saturday

Come celebrate Second Saturday! Join in on food, fun and philanthropy with local Raleighites. Did we mention there's a Bloody Mary bar?

Second Saturday is a way to celebrate the local food movement and support the Raleigh Food Corridor with monthly exhibitions, showcases, events and demos inspired by a monthly theme. Community members can explore new ways to engage with and support local food, improve our food system, fight hunger and build a more vibrant community.

Check their Facebook page to get the low down on the theme and all of the happenings related to it.

Second Saturday includes a pop-up farmers' market located at Stanbury. Plus, tons of local vendors, businesses and farmers will be present including: Yellow Dog Bakery, Boulted Bread, Raleigh City Farm, Escazu, Locals Seafood and more! You can also enjoy tasty food and drinks from businesses and restaurants like Stanbury and Wine Authorities. Second Saturday is an all day event, but since some pop-ups and installations may only be open for a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon always check the schedule before you go! (Photo via @double_g)



Moon Taxi

Order a PBR and listen to live music. You're guaranteed to have a great night at Lincoln Theatre jamming to your favorite band with a drink in your hand.

Lincoln Theatre is one of the most intimate music venues Raleigh has to offer. If you want to see your favorite musician up close and personal, this is your spot. The musical energy and intimate fan-performer connections are inexplicably life-changing.

Lincoln Theatre's bar and foyer are killer, too. You can grab a PBR on the cheap or a well drink, and the bartenders are always attentive. Usually, you can meet your favorite band in the foyer after the show and purchase merchandise.

Make sure to check Lincoln Theatre's show schedule online and purchase tickets in advance. Many bands sell out quickly and you don't want to miss your chance! (Photo via @a_bags9)



Make it a Family Field Day

Relive your favorite field day memories as a family. Relay races, field games, archery, food, family and friends. Sounds like a solid Sunday afternoon! The 3rd Annual Family Field Day by Schoolhouse of Wonder welcomes you and the kids for an afternoon of activities at the West Point in Eno Park. There's a little something for everyone with relay races, field games, face painting, nature art, archery, tons of food and tons of fun to be had.

Each activity will cost you a ticket, but all the funds support Schoolhouse of Wonder. Check out the full details here.

Location: Eno River State Park, Durham. (Photo via @schoolhouseofwonder)



Ball Out at 95x's Big Shindig

Every year New Rock 95x presents the Big Shindig, an entire day dedicated to rocking out with old favorites and new comers at Walnut Creek.

Since 1991, this venue has brought some of the biggest and baddest names in the music biz to Raleigh. The lawn is incredible-lay down a blanket, lounge and listen to the excellent sounds of this amphitheater space. Pre-show picnicking is encouraged, and there are tons of drinks and yummy snacks for sale inside.

Rain or shine, the show always goes on at Walnut Creek! They only schedule performances in the warmer months, though, so don't miss your chance to check out their awesome line-up this year. Tickets are available online! (Photo via @mkv_photo)



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